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  • Iraqi Employees campaign goes to Parliament


    by Sunny
    12th September, 2007 at 9:34 am    

    As I have mentioned several times here over past weeks, there has been a blog based campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Iraqi employees of the British Army.

    I said this before: The Iraqi Employees campaign makes sense because it places a moral obligation on the government to at least provide asylum and help those who helped the British forces negotiate their way through the country. It does not negate the need to find the most humane path of action in the country, neither does it absolve the American or British governments of their lies and incompetence in this whole episode.

    But it saves lives and gives some Iraqis the opportunity of a better life here while we try and re-build that country after the American military destroyed it. In itself, I think that is a good thing and this a worthwhile goal. Hence the banner on the top right.

    We decided the best way to keep up the pressure was to go to Westminister. So here’s the good news.

    Dan Hardie, the blogger who has been tirelessly working on the campaign, has managed to get a room booked at the House of Commons on Tuesday 9th October. The event is currently being sponsored by Libdem MP Lynne Featherstone and Tory MP Ed Vaizey. It is being supported by Amnesty International, The Refugee Council and Human Rights Watch, who will all have people present too, along with the media. Labour MPs are unfortunately still unwilling to come forward and support the event so again we need you to keep up the pressure on them.

    As Dan points out, the letters do have an impact. So:
    1) Look up your MP.
    2) Write to them. (draft letter)
    3) Tell us about your MP’s response.
    4) Spread the word!

    I’ll be there at Westminister on 9th October too. If successful, this would be the first time bloggers in the UK would have raised the profile of an important issue and taken it to Westminster to make themselves heard.


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    1. Leon — on 12th September, 2007 at 10:44 am  

      Typical that’s the day I’m launching a new project in the House of Commons too, literally an hour before…might pop along if possible to this after. Sunny, what are the plans for after, anyone going to the Red Lion?

    2. Leon — on 12th September, 2007 at 10:45 am  

      Actually thinking about it might be able to get a film crew from said project there to do some interviews…hmmm.

    3. zohra — on 12th September, 2007 at 10:47 am  

      Think this is a great thing, that bloggers are entering the physical world of politics. Sometimes action does speak louder than words.

      Can be too easy (and is a luxury for some) to sit and ponder and write into internet ether and never actually speak to an MP about how and why they’re making particular decisions - which ultimately is what affects people’s lives.

      In other migration news, the Home Secretary has announced the new Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee: http://www.gnn.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=313685&NewsAreaID=2. This will be the person helping to decide which migrants/immigrants are worthy and which aren’t, so an important one to keep an eye on.

    4. Letters From A Tory — on 12th September, 2007 at 11:36 am  

      “But it saves lives and gives some Iraqis the opportunity of a better life here while we try and re-build that country after the American military destroyed it.”

      I’m fairly certain the British Armed Forces played a role in destroying Iraq as well?

    5. Guy Aitchison — on 12th September, 2007 at 12:39 pm  

      Great idea Sunny. After watching a Newsnight feature the other day on the plight of Iraqi refugees, who may now be turned away from Syria, I would go further and suggest that the UK and US have a moral responsibility to either accept refugees or provide aid and support to their host countries. So far the Syrians have received next to nothing for the large amount of Iraqis they have had to absorb…

    6. Sunny — on 12th September, 2007 at 3:04 pm  

      I’m fairly certain the British Armed Forces played a role in destroying Iraq as well?

      Not even close to the Americans though.

      Guy, agreed.

      Zohra, very true. And thanks for the link. You’re a mine of government announcements, heh

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